$6,436 pledged of $20,000 goal
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By Richy Orozco
$6,436 pledged of $20,000 goal
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About

A Catholic social media platform, for everyday use.

"Your daily encounter with Christ takes place right where you work, where your aspirations and your affections are. There we must seek sanctity, in the midst of the most material things of the earth, serving God and all humankind." -St. Josemaría Escrivá

Our goal is to empower Catholics with useful everyday resources to strengthen their involvement within their community and faith. Our social media platform is designed to connect Catholics within their community (by using Geo-location technology) while simultaneously letting them reach Catholics from all over the world.

Easy to use, create your profile in less than a minute!

Sneak Peek
Sneak Peek

 Some of our features:

Stay Connected With Your Local Community
Stay Connected With Your Local Community

We partnered up with MassTimes.org to provide you with Adoration, Confession, and Mass Times!

Why Join as a Parish?
Why Join as a Parish?
  •  My favorite Parish feature: Each Parish will automatically have a Group created making it easy for Parishioners to post a question and get a response from Parish or Clergy members.
Guidance Section
Guidance Section

 Business Feature:

List Your Business Profile
List Your Business Profile

Find A Match:

  • Match with people that have similar interests.
  • If a person chooses to be shown on "Find A Match" they can also answer five personality questions and five faith related questions so you can get to know them better from the beginning.
  • Link your other social media profiles to display more information about yourself.
See Any Updates All in One Place
See Any Updates All in One Place

Some of the awesome features our social media platform will have and why we decided to add these features:

  • First of all, everything works with Geo-location technology: To enable users from anywhere in the world to easily connect with their local catholic community, or even find information in other cities, states, or countries.
  • Find Catholic friends: Use this feature to find new friends wherever you may be.
  • Find Catholic singles nearby: MANY of our Catholic friends requested this feature. Connect with singles and get to know them better.
  • Find Catholic groups: Easily find information about local catholic groups and join if you are interested.
  • Stay in touch with Catholic Priests, Monks, Nuns, etc.: See what they’re involved in within the community, get updates, read shared articles, and even schedule your next meeting with a spiritual advisor.
  • Find Catholic Owned Businesses: Show your support and frequent them more often.
  • Find Catholic Business Professionals: To network, support, grow, and strengthen our community by working together.
Free vs. Premium
Free vs. Premium
Also Available For Women
Also Available For Women

About the Founder:

The founder of Catholic Connect, Richy Orozco, founded the organization over four years ago to help younger Catholics stay connected to their faith through social media. He quickly noticed that his pages were attracting followers from all ages and countries.

Additionally, Richy has been helping catholic companies of all sizes, from start-ups to some of the largest companies in the U.S. reach larger audiences. He identified the need to not just help one by one, but to empower all and provide them with a place where they can offer their business to other Catholics nearby without having to spend thousands of dollars on advertising.

He's always been growing in his faith thanks to his devout catholic family. Furthermore, he sees the need to better implement communication and improve all of the technological aspects within the church.

I started the journey of creating a new social media platform for Catholics in 2016 for many reasons. Here are some of the reasons:

  • I wanted to be more involved with my faith community but it was hard to find local catholic groups. (Wouldn't it be nice to find all local catholic groups in one place?!)
  • I would hear about catholic events after they happened, which was frustrating.
  • I have met some amazing Priests in my life that I wish I could have stayed in contact with. (Soon you will be able to!)
  • I like supporting my catholic community so I thought it would be nice if there was a feature to display all local catholic-owned businesses and/or business professionals.
  • I like using technology that you can use every day of the week so I asked myself, how can I create value for other Catholics and make it accessible to everyone?
  • I like hanging out with people that share the same values and making new catholic friends. (This new social media platform lets you do that!)
  • Some of my pro-life content was being taken down on social media and I saw similar things happening to other catholic pages. I wanted to create a place where Catholics could freely express their beliefs.

The funds raised through this Kickstarter will be used for covering additional costs of developers, expand new features within our social media platform, reach more Catholics from all over the world, and provide them with this beneficial technology. We truly believe this will facilitate communication within our church and bring back many fallen away Catholics. Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genitrix.

Testimony
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Risks and challenges

After our beta-testing phase is complete and our developers wrap up all the programming, we will submit our App for approval by the Apple store and Google play store so it can be ready to download by anyone in the world. This can sometimes cause minor delays. Our team of developers are ready to handle any situations that may arise.
We also have experienced programmer friends that work with us as advisors to help guide us in any obstacle we may face.

We also have experienced programmer friends that work with us as advisors to help us overcome any obstacle we may face.

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    Thank You!

    Show your support! Receive updates about the Catholic Connect Social Media Platform, and as a bonus, you’ll get exclusive access to our early backer group, which will let you vote on features, languages, and more.

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    Join Us! (Early-bird)

    Wow! Thanks for being our first supporters! Receive a 12-month Premium Subscription to the Catholic Connect App ($59 value), and as a bonus, you’ll get exclusive access to our early backer group, which will let you vote on features, languages, and more.

    Create your own group, event, and business profile and display them to your local community.

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    Join Us!

    Receive a 12-month Premium Subscription to the Catholic Connect App ($59 value), and as a bonus, you’ll get exclusive access to our early backer group, which will let you vote on features, languages, and more.

    Create your own group, event, and business profile and display them to your local community.

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    Veritas Value Pack!

    This includes a 12-month Premium Subscription to the Catholic Connect App ($59 value) + a T-Shirt ($22 value), and as a bonus, you’ll get exclusive access to our early backer group, which will let you vote on features, languages, and more.

    Create your own group, event, and business profile and display them to your local community. We love St. Padre Pio and we want you to love him too! As a thank you for supporting us this reward includes a St. Padre Pio Relic!

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    • 12-Month Premium Subscription
    • Original Catholic Connect T-Shirt
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    • St. Padre Pio Relic
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    Say YES with a friend! (Early-bird)

    Wow! Thanks for being our first supporters! This includes TWO 12-month Premium Subscriptions to the Catholic Connect App ($118 value), and as a bonus, you’ll each get exclusive access to our early backer group, which will let you vote on features, languages, and more.

    Create your own group, event, and business profile and display them to your local community.

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    Join with Friends

    Receive FIVE 12-month Premium Subscriptions to our Catholic Connect Social Media Platform ($295 value), and as a bonus, you’ll get exclusive access to our early backer group, which will let you vote on features, languages, and more.

    Create your own group, event, and business profile and display them to your local community.

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    Parish Premium Account

    Get ready to control all your groups and events from one place! We will provide you with video tutorials on how to best benefit with a Parish Premium account for your Parish. Along with assistance from our team. Additionally, you will be able to set specific people in-charge of the account who can approve groups and events. Clergy members will be verified!

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    Join with More Friends

    Receive FIFTEEN 12-month Premium Subscriptions to our Catholic Connect Social Media Platform ($885 value), and as a bonus, you will all get exclusive access to our early backer group, which will let you vote on features, languages, and more.

    Create your own group, event, and business profile and display them to your local community.

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    Premium Business

    Your Business or Business Service will get BETTER exposure by Catholics who run a search in businesses. Receive assistance from our team to help you get interaction within our Catholic Community. Access exclusive video tutorials and receive expedited service to verify your account so people know your business is the real deal.

    Create your own business profile and be shown internationally for the first year.

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    Premium Group

    Your Premium Group will get BETTER exposure by Catholics who run a search in groups. Receive assistance from our team to help you get interaction within our Catholic Community. Access exclusive video tutorials and receive expedited service to verify your account so people know your group is the real deal.

    Create your own group and be shown internationally for the first year.

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    Premium Event

    Your Premium Event will get BETTER exposure by Catholics who run a search in events. Receive assistance from our team to help you get interaction within our Catholic Community. Access exclusive video tutorials and receive expedited service to verify your account so people know your event is the real deal.

    Create your own event and be shown internationally for the first year.

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    Gold Status Organization

    Your organizations group, event, and business will have expedited verification and appear as a Gold Status organization, which will enable you to receive assistance from our team at any time. You will receive video tutorials on how to best use each feature. Your organization have WAY MORE exposure than previous rewards and be listed on the VIP section within our Social Media Platform.

    Create your own group, event, and business and be shown internationally for the first year.

    Includes:
    • 24 Month Gold Status Organization
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    Diamond Status Organization

    Get flown in a helicopter over the beautiful skies of Houston, Texas! Stay at The Woodlands Resort (Country Club) for two nights for TWO people. Your organizations group, event, and business will be verified and we will take you out to our favorite restaurant in The Woodlands, Texas. Get to meet the founder and propose how we could work together. Our team will talk to you one-on-one to show you the benefits of being our top backer. Receive all video tutorials on how to best implement your organization within our Social Media Platform and you will appear before all other groups, events, and businesses. Be listed on the VIP section within our Social Media Platform.

    Create your own group, event, and business profile and be shown internationally for the first TWO years.

    *Flight to Houston not included.

    Includes:
    • Helicopter ride over Houston, Texas!
    • Two night stay in The Woodlands Resort
    • 24-Month Diamond Status Organization
    • Dinner with our team!
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Funding period

- (35 days)